Here's The First of Four Fantastic Original Titles Coming To Blackbird in 2015


by Diane Chandler


A love story set in a community of

Donetsk mining wives just after the fall 

of communism.


Publication Date: 1 Jan 2015

Ebook and Paperback

ISBN: 9780993092244 

Genre: Literary Fiction


Available now to pre-order on

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    In a world where millions of dollars can either wash away in a moment’s corruption, or

    turn around the lives of the neediest, aid worker Vanessa Parker is forced to pit her

    own naïve desire to make a difference against the chaos of a country in transition. 


    “A touching love story that illuminates the aid business. Compelling and enjoyable.”

    CLARE SHORT, former Secretary of State for International Development 


    It is 1994 and an idealistic Vanessa enters the world of international aid, bringing

    with her youth, beauty and passion to do good in the ‘Wild East’ of Ukraine after the

    sudden collapse of communism. The country and its people completely win her heart.

    As does Dan, a jaded American Deputy Bureau Chief of USAID.  Highly charged and

    turbulent, their love for each other is passionate and unyielding.


    Their romance unfolds in the beautiful lilac-filled city of Kiev, on frequent working trips

    to the coalfields of Donetsk and on weekend visits to the sparkling seas of Odessa, to

    the pristine ski runs of the Carpathians, and even to the chilling spectacle of

    Chernobyl. Older, wiser, Dan laughs at Vanessa’s determination to change the world,

    but helps her navigate the political minefield of overseas aid. He admires her

    achievements; not least the micro-credit scheme she sets up for the resourceful,

    magnificent wives of the Donetsk coal miners – her beloved Divas – but warns

    against her deep-felt passion and idealism. At the age of just 26, Vanessa has landed

    her dream man as well as her dream job. But then Dan springs a bolt from the blue

    which throws her into turmoil…


    “Lifts the lid on aid.” LYNN CURTIS, Literary Consultant 


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About The Author

Diane Chandler (photo by Sandi Friend)
Diane Chandler (photo by Sandi Friend)

Diane Chandler worked at the European Commission in Brussels for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Ukraine soon worked its way into her heart and she travelled there extensively. Back in London, when Diane married and her daughter was born, she was able to pursue her passion for writing in those few hours she could snatch, and she chose Ukraine as a setting. The Road To Donetsk is her first novel. She is currently working on a second about a career woman going through the trials of IVF.